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Subject: Printable Postage Question
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 11:20 PM ET
Member Since: 12/4/2005
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The section that states:  PBS estimates your book weight at ____pounds and _____ounces.  If your postal scale shows a different weight, please enter it above to adjust postage. 

How?  I'm mailing a 2 for 1 so the weight isn't correct but I've not been able to adjust the weight/postage at all.  Does that feature even work?  If so, how?   Maybe I'm using it in the wrong application and it only pertains to the actual books to be sent and not the extras. 

Thanks for any help with this question:)

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:15 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I'm glad that you asked this question.  I don't knnow the answer and am getting a nice postal scale for Christmas - one that is good for food as well as mail!  So I'm sure that someone "in the Know" will come along to answer your question. And I will be waiting to read it!! ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 1:25 AM ET
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Donna--

You should be able to enter any number into the white boxes for "pounds" and "ounces".  It won't change the permanent info for the book listing (that's done using "Edit Book Data" from that book's page), but it will adjust your postage accordingly.  If the change isn't much, you may not notice a price changing, since once you get into Media Mail, the price usually increases at the pound and half pound marks.

That option is for exactly the situation you describe -- if you're sending freebies or something, you can change the weight accordingly, so you can get the proper postage.

If you aren't able to change the numbers in the white boxes, it could be a browser issue -- which one are you using?

Cheers,
Catt

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Donna is correct, you must weight your books and then type in manually the weight.  PBS does say that the preset numbers are a guess-timate, and suggest using a scale.  I always weight my books and it is more often than not I have to put in the correct weight.  Also it gives you the option of just the book weight or the wrapped ready to mail package weight.  It does work, if you put in a different weight the dollar amount of postage does change to reflect it.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 5:32 PM ET
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Thanks:)  Maybe what I added (extra book) wasn't enough weight to cause a postage change in the "math" section:lol:   I'll try it again another time:)  I'm using Internet Explorer--didn't love the Firefox version although I think I have it installed somewhere on the PC. 

Thanks to all of you who took the time to answer!  Really appreciate it!

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I have to say that most (all) of the books I've mailed with PBS postage that were later weighed at the post office came in higher - sometimes a lot higher -  than the actual weight of the book.  I haven't gotten a scale, yet - but I will.

ruth

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 7:59 PM ET
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Think I might be investing as well:lol:   I guesstimated the weight of a box of books I sent out and took it to the po to make sure I put enough postage on it and the lady told me my scale was way off and I put far too much postage on the box:lol:  I just laughed and told her I guessed and that I had really poor judgement on weight:lol:  She laughed and said "Well, thanks for the extra money:)"   I will just opt for the DC on boxes next time:)

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:13 AM ET
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Never trust the PBS weights -- always weigh em yourself if you're using printable postage.  :-)

Cheers,

Catt